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Hearty Leftover Turkey and Rice soup in a pot.

Turkey and Rice Soup

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


This Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup transforms your holiday leftovers into a deliciously hearty meal, combining tender turkey with rice and vegetables in a savory broth. Perfect for a cozy day!




  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: dried parsley, oregano, thyme, sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Salt as needed


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced ( approximately 1 cup)
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cups white long grain rice, uncooked
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, diced
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for serving


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Once the butter has melted, add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until they become soft, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the seasonings, soy sauce, and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low. Add the rice to the pot and stir to combine.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the rice is nearly cooked but still slightly firm.
  • Add the cubed turkey, cover the pot with a lid, leaving the lid cracked open about 1 inch, and simmer over medium-low for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked and tender.
  • Garnish with parsley
  • Enjoy!


To Store, let the leftover soup cool down to room temperature. Then, store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 

To reheat, gently warm the soup on the stove over low heat until it's just heated through. If you prefer, you can also heat individual servings in the microwave for about 1 minute. 

For longer storage, freeze the soup in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Category: Soup recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 801 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 17 mg

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